I had avoided attending Rocky Horror Picture Show for years. I had seen the movie at home since it’s on the original list of movies to watch before I die. But as to seeing the show “live,” I was uncertain as to what would be done to me. I was convinced someone would try to embarass me or call me out in front of the crowd and there is nothing I hate more than being put in the spotlight with everyone looking at me.
My friends and I made our way to the theater by 10:30pm, anticipating a large crowd during Halloween weekend. There were a good number of people in the theater already but we could have easily waited a good while before arriving. While waiting, we observed the early crowd and quickly discovered that most in attendance were 1) much younger than us (18-24) and 2) all just a little socially awkward. There was a lot of running and chasing each other around the theater, something I haven’t personally done since I was in elementary school, and most were just generally loud, yelling inappropriate things. We remarked that we were all old fuddy-duddies, almost falling asleep before things had begun and being annoyed by the running around and silliness around us.
It being Halloween weekend, they started things off with a costume contest, which was actually a lot of fun. There was a good bit of nakedness, with electric tape and g-strings being the attire of more than one young lady. The guy who won was a dead ringer for Dr. Frank-N-Furter and even entertained us with a great rendition of “Sweet Transvestite.”
Finally, finally, everything got started. They called up all the virgins, which I ignored. More than half the theater went up front, probably around 150 people, so I wouldn’t have been the center of attention by any means, but I don’t like crowds and I was fine just observing the virgins getting their “cherries popped.”
I do have to say emcee was good, very professional and funny. We had purchased prop bags and once the movie began, were able to throw rice during the opening wedding scene. There was so much going on between the movie, the live re-enactment of the movie down front, and other people wandering in the aisles yelling random things. Unfortunately for us, the guy nearest to us was screaming the responses to the movie, so much so that I couldn’t really understand what he was saying or what was being said in the movie that would make the responses clever.
We stood up to dance along to “The Time Warp” and enjoyed the underwear run but honestly by that point, we, the old fogies were ready to go. I had seen most of the “big” things you’re supposed to experience at RHPS and I was honestly not really having much fun. I was sleepy and generally annoyed at the yelling and chaos. I didn’t know what was going on and was growing irritable at just the noise and running around.
So, after years of building up RHPS as this scary event, it ended up just being this silly thing that was mostly just full of kids running around and yelling.
Am I really this old and boring?
Oh well. I count it as having been completed. I’ve got to stop pushing myself to complete things I don’t like. I tried it. I decided it wasn’t for me. That’s enough.
So how about you? Have you been to a screening of Rocky Horror Picture Show? Did you like it? Am I really this old and boring?